Crowds continued to gather in Tahrir Square in the Iraqi capital early Friday to protest against the failure of President Barham Saleh and Parliament Speaker Mohamed al-Halbousi to appoint a new premier following Prime Minister Adil Abdul-Mahdi’s resignation. 

According to the Iraqi constitution, parliament must propose a candidate for prime minister through inter-party negotiations to replace Abdul-Mahdi. If they fail to do so, President Barham Saleh has the right to appoint a prime minister himself.

But if parliament does not approve his choice and the post is still vacant at midnight Thursday, the constitution will put Saleh in the

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